Antony admits he’s received warning from Manchester United teammates about Everton

October 8, 2022

Man United forward Antony has two goals in two Premier League appearances and will be eyeing more goals when the Reds travel to Goodison Park on Sunday.

Manchester United attacker Antony has revealed that his teammates have already warned him that the team’s upcoming clash against Everton will be difficult.

Erik ten Hag’s men face off against the Toffees on Sunday night looking to bounce back from their Premier League defeat to rivals Manchester City last weekend. United, who avoided a shock loss to Omonia Nicosia in the Europa League in midweek after coming from behind to win, had won four successive top-flight games before the defeat at the Etihad.

Antony has made a solid start to life at Old Trafford and found the net in each of his previous outings in the league, scoring against Arsenal – on his debut – and City.

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United will be coming up against an Everton side who are unbeaten in their last seven matches in all competitions. The Toffees have been much-improved in recent weeks and secured victories over West Ham and Southampton.

Antony said that his teammates have already spoken to him about the upcoming fixture, and insisted he knows how difficult it will be.

We know it’s going to be a difficult, tough game,” he told Premier League Productions. “My team-mates have already spoken to me about this fixture. They said it will be difficult. We have to impose our game, show our strength.

“We shouldn’t get worked up and let our heads go down because of one game [at City], one result. Sadly, we lost the last [league] game but, when you think about it, we’ve beaten Liverpool and the league leaders Arsenal.

“Our season can’t be summarised by just one game. We’re now focused on the match against Everton and, God willing, we will get the three points.”

On his debut goal against Arsenal, Antony added: “Before training, I watched a video with the players. I started studying the Arsenal team. I was thinking about where the space would be, if I came on for 15 or 20 minutes, and to play intelligently. The manager put me in the starting XI, so I trained even harder. I saw it was my time and was really happy to have the opportunity to play and start the game after just a few days.

“I prepared and fought through the game and, thank God, it all worked out and I scored a goal. But the most important thing was that the team won.”

The former Ajax man also suggested that practice on the training pitch is helping him in his hunt for more goals in a Red shirt.

“I’ve always worked very hard and the results are a consequence of this,” he added. “I’ll always give 100 per cent, regardless of whether I score or not.

“It was nice to score another goal [at City] though, unfortunately, we lost the game. I was training that shot the day before the game.

“I hit about 10 to 15 balls and, thankfully, I was able to score the goal. Now it’s time to prepare and train more, correct mistakes, move in the right direction and achieve great things.”